One year after the container was dispatched to Zimbabwe full of books it has finally been released! When it arrived at Harare last year it was impounded out of the blue and a tax of 40% and $1 per kilo had been imposed. We and our container partners have spent a year praying for its release- unable to pay the tax imposed. Today we have heard that they won their case against the company who have agreed to allow the books to leave the port.
Our partner writes:
“Thank you so much for helping us pray and all glory we give it back to Him. We have accumulated storage charges (over $4000) yes but it is manageable compared to what we could have paid in tax. We have started selling the books now and trusting God for good sales.”
Early this morning we shipped a container to Zimbabwe (see photo taken by the truck driver) which included 76 boxes of Bibles on board along with many more boxes of books. Last year we sent them 92 boxes of Bibles and we hope they won’t be too disappointed! Book Aid is experiencing an unprecedented request for Bibles from our Container Partners in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya and we have a shortage of Bibles coming through our warehouses! How do we know that? Well our Container partners have recently been telling us that out of all the books we send them Bibles are what they most need and that they cannot satisfy the demand for Bibles in their areas, that people come to their shops asking for Bibles. Book Aid has recently tried to double the number we put in each container but this only takes up a small part of each shipment and we would like to send more.
If you have a Bible or 2 (or more) to spare, or if your church has Bibles not being used very often, they can be sent to countries where there is great demand. Book Aid can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will able to let you know where there is a collecting point near you, or Bibles can be delivered in person to any of our shops or mailed to Book Aid Bromley House, Kangley Bridge Road, London SE26 5AQ.